Gavin Albrecht is a
local artist and craftsman. When his table cracked, he thought he had made his
worst mistake yet...
The table was carefully crafted out of walnut and artistically designed
with blue epoxy. But the epoxy weathered badly and cracked shortly after
it was purchased, completely damaging the final product. The artwork was
returned, and as Gavin shares, "It just stared at me each time I went to
my shop, reminding me of my failures."
Despite this mistake, and with encouragement from his wife, Gavin cleaned
up the edges of the broken areas and filled the cracks with gold epoxy,
reminiscent of the Japanese practice, Kintsugi.
This art form traditionally mends broken pottery with gold
and symbolizes the importance of allowing both our strengths and
weaknesses to show. Encouraged, Gavin put the repaired table up for sale.
Still the table sat.
No one bought it.
"For months I would walk to the shop and see this repaired table staring
at me, reminding me of my failures, reminding me that I had cost my family a
lot of money and how would I provide for them again?" BUT God wanted
to use Gavin's mistake...
Through a series of connections, Gavin was in touch with By Peaceful Waters,
and all agreed that the table was a perfect fit for the agency.
The boardroom table is an illustration of God's work in
our lives: A table that had been so lovingly crafted was badly damaged by
the elements and is now restored to wholeness and stunning beauty. Through
it is mingled the beautiful blue "peaceful waters" and the
thread of gold, a picture of His redemptive work in His
sons and daughters.
Gavin witnessed first hand how God makes beauty
from brokenness. All of the doubt and worry he experienced is echoed by
our clients who sit around that table. "I have failed. I am damaged
goods. This mistake has cost me so much."
How amazing is our
God that He would perfectly craft this table, so that what first seemed like a
mistake and a failure, is actually a picture of how He makes beauty from
Our therapists and family professionals have the privilege of sharing the story
of the table with our clients. There are tears and brokenness. But there is
also hope. They are being made new. They have courage to rebuild... right at a
table that knows the same story.